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18th Street Arts Center COVID-19 Response

Due to a spike in coronavirus cases in many California counties, including LA, Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all museums and galleries (along with other indoor venues) to close for at least the next three weeks.

Therefore, 18th Street Arts Center must once again close our doors. Protecting our staff, artists, and visitors are of utmost importance, and we will reopen once it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we have exciting exhibitions opening online soon, brand-new exhibitions pages for our current shows so you can explore the them online, and we have lots of fantastic new content every week on our 18@Home and Arts Learning Lab @ Home channels.

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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LAS HIJAS DE LOS DIAS: 7 Female Views from the Margins

January 27, 2020 - August 7, 2020

Science affirms that we are made out of atoms, but Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano states that we’re also made out of stories. In his book, Los hijos de los días (Children of the Days), he writes one story that reflects…

Yvette Gellis, Sacred Leaves, 2020. Mixed media on paper. Courtesy of the artist.


February 10, 2020 - August 7, 2020

Drawing Connections aims to trace the invisible networks between a selection of current artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center, both from our 18th Street campus and our Airport hangar. The show highlights how artists from different backgrounds and…

Lionel Popkin, Six Positions on Uncertainty, 2020. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.


July 27, 2020 - June 30, 2021

In our darkest hours, it is natural and human to seek connection with others, to face the darkness together so that we can imagine a brighter path forward. In our current pandemic-time of crisis and isolation, this instinct can feel…

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: MINING YOUR DIAMONDS with Sultan Sharrief and Najla Sharrief

August 5, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

August 5th @ 11:30 AM PST Workshop: Mining Your Diamonds with Sultan Sharrief and Najla Sharrief Have you told your story? Where is it set? Who are the important characters? Discover your inner storytelling voice to show your true self,…

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: SYMBOL STORIES with Audrey Chan

August 12, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

August 12th @ 11:30 AM Workshop: SYMBOL STORIES with Audrey Chan Join Los Angeles based artist, Audrey Chan, as you explore the things and people in your home. Each family will choose meaningful objects from their home to inspire a…


August 19, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, August 19th @ 11:30 AM PST Reading: TOUCH THE SKY WITH YOUR EYE by DAVID HORVITZ Listen to a special reading by David Horowitz, artist and author, of Touch the Sky With Your Eye, a children's book of ABCs…

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